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Annual Research Day Showcases Diversity of Research Pursuits on Campus
Posted: Monday, April 05, 2010
Written By:  Marisa Olson
Contact:  Marisa Olson
Contact Email:  m.olson@usp.edu
Contact Phone:  215.596.8864
From the synthesis of anti-cancer drugs to determining excess steroids in consumer meats to analyzing the role of humor in predicting long-term relationships, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia will showcase the diversity and growth of research pursuits on campus during its 8th Annual Research Day starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2010 (43rd St. and Woodland Ave.). Posters representing 125 disciplines will be on display.

Research Day recognizes and highlights the research efforts of faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students to encourage and promote communication and collaboration among researchers. The University is distinctive in that most undergraduate students conduct research with faculty early in their academic careers.

The diverse research activity on display spans several aspects of the University’s scholarly pursuits, including:
  • Biological Sciences: Dr. John Porter’s research involving the isolation of specific fungi that have shown to produce compounds important for the synthesis of anti-cancer drugs.
  • Chemistry: Graduate student Nicholas Chubatyi’s (Newark, Del.) research developing techniques to determine excess steroidal hormone content in consumer meat samples.
  • Health Policy: Dr. Ruth Schemm’s evaluation of school performance, goals, roles, and routines of urban youth, ages 7-19, who participate in an equine-assisted-learning after-school program.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences: Graduate student Jamie DaSilva’s (Stanhope, NJ) investigation of the beneficial aspects of social support on stress-induced sleep disturbances commonly seen in PTSD patients.
  • Physical Therapy: Doctor of physical therapy students Frank Staino’s (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Rick Yarznbowicz’s (Old Forge, Pa.) analysis of workstation set-up in sedentary office workers and the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries caused by repetitive movements.
  • Social Sciences: Health science major Jacob Brown’s (Drexel Hill, Pa.) and psychology major Samantha Malanowski’s (Madison Township, Pa.) investigation of the role that humor and nonverbal cues play in attraction and prediction of developing a long-term relationship.
  • Pharmacy Practice: Doctor of pharmacy student Mary Mavumkal’s (Yorktown Heights, NY) analysis of male attitudes on receiving the HPV vaccine and how it correlates with protecting their sexual partners.

The day of activity commences with four podium research presentations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall room 205. Poster presentations representing approximately 125 research abstracts will be on display from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC). The day concludes with the 23rd Annual John C. Krantz, Jr., Distinguished Lecture by Donald Lollar, EdD, Director, Oregon Institute on Disability and Development, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the McNeil Science and Technology Center. For more information on Research Day, visit www.usp.edu/research/researchday.

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